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Native American

  • June 17, 2015

    Tribe Can't Skirt Property Tax Under Carcieri, Assessor Says

    The Poarch Band of Creek Indians' attempt to block an Alabama county assessor from imposing property taxes on trust lands where a tribal casino operates contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court's Carcieri decision, a federal judge was told Tuesday.

  • June 17, 2015

    Maine Mulls Another Tribal Casino Bill

    A bill introduced in the Maine Legislature on Tuesday aims to create a competitive bid process for establishing a casino in either Washington County or Aroostook County that would provide economic and employment benefits to the four federally recognized Native American tribes in Maine.

  • June 17, 2015

    Seminole Tribe Asks Fla. Court To Review Slot Machine Ruling

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida asked a state appeals court on Tuesday for en banc review of a recent panel decision expanding the availability of slot machines in the state, saying such a move could cause the tribe "grave financial harm."

  • June 17, 2015

    4th Circ. Rebuffs Translators In $25M Army Subcontract Spat

    A defunct Native American translation company lost its bid at the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday for an en banc rehearing of its $25 million subcontract dispute with a U.S. Army prime contractor over payment for intelligence translation services.

  • June 17, 2015

    Justices Could Check Tribal Court Reach In Sex Abuse Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to review a challenge to tort claims brought against Dollar General Corp. in the Choctaw Nation's court will push the limits of the justices' willingness to recognize tribal court authority to exercise jurisdiction over and punish nontribal members, experts say.

  • June 17, 2015

    Utah Joins Crowded Field In BLM Fracking Rule Suits

    A Wyoming federal judge on Tuesday allowed Utah to join Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado in a landmark suit challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands.

  • June 16, 2015

    Tribes Say NLRB Exemption Bill Ensures Sovereignty Rights

    Tribal leaders on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from exerting jurisdiction over Native American casinos and other businesses operated on tribal lands, saying that the proposed legislation ensures that tribal governments are treated with parity.

  • June 16, 2015

    DOI Approves Washington Tribe’s Casino Plans

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday gave key support to the Spokane tribe in its drive to build a casino, hotel and shopping area near Airway Heights, Washington, telling Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee that the project serves the Spokane tribe’s members and will not harm the surrounding community.

  • June 16, 2015

    Calif. Tribe Says Employment Pacts Were Forged In Fraud Suit

    The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians on Monday urged a California federal judge to deny former tribal officials’ bid to stay a lawsuit accusing them of a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme, arguing that employment agreements requiring arbitration of the dispute were forged.

  • June 16, 2015

    NY Tribal Reps To Appeal Gaming Suit To 2nd Circ.

    Representatives of Cayuga Nation’s Lakeside Entertainment gaming facility will appeal a New York federal court’s decision to toss their suit against a New York village they claimed interfered with their right to conduct gaming activities, taking the case to the Second Circuit, they said Monday.

  • June 16, 2015

    Tribes Won't Back Down On $1B Calif. Solar Project

    The Colorado River Indian Tribes on Monday bolstered their effort to end litigation over the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of a $1.1 billion solar plant, backing its right to challenge the project and slamming the DOI’s own bid for a win.

  • June 16, 2015

    Property Owners Press 8th Circ. To Expedite Land Row Appeal

    Property owners being sued by descendants of the Mdewakanton people in a land claim dispute over a 12-square mile tract in Minnesota asked the Eighth Circuit Monday to expedite or dismiss an appeal seeking to revive the suit, saying their interests are being harmed by the long-running litigation.

  • June 16, 2015

    9th Circ. Finds Tribes Not Subject To False Claims Act

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a whistleblower suit alleging the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes bilked millions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, finding that the tribes are sovereign and do not fit the definition of a “person” under the False Claims Act.

  • June 15, 2015

    BLM Hits States' Bid To Postpone Fracking Regulations

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday slammed Wyoming and Colorado's request that a Wyoming federal court stop the agency from implementing its hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal and tribal lands, saying the states' argument was “completely without foundation.”

  • June 15, 2015

    Quapaw Leaders Say Kansas Casino Suit Meddles With IGRA

    Agencies and officials of Oklahoma's Quapaw tribe asked a Kansas federal judge Monday to free them from Kansas’ suit targeting a proposed casino, arguing the tribe is immune and its officers cannot be sued individually over the proposal under the Indian Gaming Restoration Act.

  • June 15, 2015

    Tribal Tobacco Co. Calls US Claim To $6M Unconstitutional

    Native American-run King Mountain Tobacco Co. told a Washington district court that it deserved to win a $6 million case brought against it by the U.S. federal government, arguing the government’s claim to the money is an unconstitutional taking.

  • June 15, 2015

    Wash. Tribe Says Shellfish Co. Owner Is Liable In Harvest Row

    The Squaxin Island Tribe asked a federal judge to rethink her decision not holding the owner of a defunct shellfish company personally responsible for evading notice requirements for harvests conducted on tribal fishing grounds, arguing Friday that her order "provides a road map" for companies to evade notification requirements.

  • June 15, 2015

    DOJ Denies Tribe Member's Bid To Grow Industrial Hemp

    The U.S. Department of Justice has refused to support lifting a South Dakota federal court’s injunction against an Oglala Sioux Tribe member that barred him from growing industrial hemp, despite the federal government’s more relaxed stance in recent years on marijuana-related activities.

  • June 15, 2015

    Perkins Coie Nabs Arnold & Porter Native American Law Expert

    Perkins Coie LLP has added to its commercial litigation practice an Arnold & Porter LLP alumnus whose previous work has run the gamut of Native American law, including treaty rights, environmental, energy, tax, intellectual property and attorney liability, the firm said.

  • June 15, 2015

    DOI Wants Tribes' Expert Testimony Cut From Trust Land Row

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday questioned the relevance and reliability of four expert witnesses in a dispute with the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation over tribal trust land, urging an Oklahoma federal judge to exclude their testimony.